Sunday, June 16, 2013

New Fulton area repeater

WN8Z has a new repeater operating from Fulton. Signal reports so far indicate this to be another wide coverage repeater for CNY. The repeater output is on 147.390 + and will eventually have a PL of 103.5. Pat (WN8Z) mentioned that he will provide a message on the repeater several weeks before the PL is actually added, but at this time no PL tone is required (note as of 8/2013 the PL is required). The repeater is located near the Oswego County Airport northeast of Fulton.

Full quieting reports have been heard from Homer north to Pulaski and from Waterloo east to Verona on the Thruway. Several people are also getting excellent signal reports on handhelds from over 30 miles away.

Nice job Pat! Thanks for your efforts and support to Upstate NY Radio Amateurs!

 - Also check out the 147.15 mhz Fulton area repeater, (+) offset with 103.5 PL!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

6 Meter repeaters - confirmed

Presently known working 6M Repeaters

      Town         Call              +/-      PL         Location

53.47     Waterloo   KA2NDW    Minus   82.5   Waterloo/Clyde                                              
53.05     Auburn       W2INH       Minus   71.9       Frozen Ocean
53.63     Bristol         WR2AHL   Minus  110.9      Worden Hill with 145.110 - Bristol Mtn.

53.67     Pompey      KD2SL       Minus  103.5      Sentinel Heights   ***      

53.33     Rochester   N2HJT        Minus   123.0     Henrietta
53.57     Buffalo         W2IVB       Minus      88.5     Colden

In our travels, several of us have been trying to confirm some of our previously listed (Dec. 2012) 6M repeaters both in eastern and western NY with limited success. 

We are always looking for more active 6M repeater confirmations! If you can help us, leave a comment here or e-mail us through my QRZ e-mail address.

Monday, June 10, 2013

UPDATE: The New 6M repeater in Clyde NY has been updated.

I got an e-mail yesterday from Mike - KA2NDW and he has finished up the final set up of his repeater at 53.47 Mhz, with a minus offset of 1.00Mhz and a PL of 82.5. Mike is looking for signal reports from anybody who can hear it. Here in Auburn it comes in full scale. Learn more about the KA2NDW repeaters at:

.....don't forget the present CNY 6 meter repeaters of 53.05, 53.63 and 53.67 Mhz. Please support 6 Meters and join in the 6 Meter net each Tuesday night at 7:30pm on the 53.05 in Auburn.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Vintage Korean and Vietnam war Survival Radio

A few weeks ago a friend gave me a couple of old tube type portable survival radios that had been sitting in his basement. The radios are both Hoffman RT-159/URC-4 models. One is Army green and the other bright yellow. Both are in pretty good condition. They are dual band transceivers set up to transmit and receive on the air band emergency channels 121.5 Mhz and 243.0 Mhz. One of the coolest things are the telescoping dipole antennas that you can unfold and set for either VHF or UHF.

I started to do some research on the history of this radio and found it dates back to the early 1950's. One of these days I will have to try to find a power source to try and see if they will function (though I better use a dummy load, as both frequencies are still the main aircraft emergency channels). If you know anything about these radios, please leave a comment on this blog entry or e-mail me through my QRZ e-mail address.

Here is a link to an interesting article about the Hoffman RT-159A/URC-4:

73- Tony - KC2VER